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September 9, 2008
BASEBALL: They Have His Number

Oliver Perez entered tonight's game with a 5.84 ERA this season, and 5.45 career, against the Nationals. That will go up considerably. You hate to go to the bullpen this early, given that with Wagner now out until late next season at the earliest, that's like getting on a bus with no brakes. This one's gonna be a long slog, even with the Mets having tied the game at 7 through 4 innings.

UPDATE: Nationals grab 8-7 lead, Beltran & Delgado homer to make it 10-8 Mets. What a seesaw.

Mets win 10-8! I am staggered that they made this stand up.

You know, looking at Luis Ayala's record before 2008 and with the Mets this season, you have to wonder what the Nationals were doing this year to screw him up so badly.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:59 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Ollie will be the next Barry Zito.

Posted by: Greg Schreiber at September 9, 2008 11:08 PM

Delgado! My goodness.

(But still hoping they don't re-sign him for next year.)

Posted by: Mike at September 10, 2008 6:27 AM

Me too.

Posted by: Crank at September 10, 2008 8:32 AM

Is there anything to the fact that Ayala has been re-united with Schneider? I hate to give the horrid MASN crew credit, but they pointed out that the one missing link for Ayala this year in DC was Schneider.

Posted by: crankycon at September 10, 2008 9:23 AM

I'm sorry, but you can through all the numbers on Delgado you want, and you can talk about his first half of the season all you want. There's a good reason he's now in the conversation for MVP.

Posted by: A.S. at September 10, 2008 10:31 AM

I don't know how Ayala is doing it. He doesn't have any kind of great stuff. He simply throws strikes, and guys get themselves out. (For the opposite effect, see Aaron Heilman and his 40 walks in 73 innings - vs 20 in 86 innings last year).

Throwing strikes is a great recipe for success, but you'd imagine at some point he's just as likely to give up hits / runs / blown saves. Hopefully his wave of success lasts.

Posted by: CT Ron at September 10, 2008 2:57 PM
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